About Us


Our Mission is to provide comprehensive, meaningful, and socially significant behavior analytic services to children ages 2-17 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum and related Disorders. Our goal is to have positive and lasting effects across all settings in which the client lives and interacts. 

Our Story

Laura and James started The Behavior Place in the Summer of 2016 after Laura worked in the field of Behavior Analysis as a Behavior Technician, Public School Teacher, Program Manager, and a BCBA. She saw a need to create a company that focused on the individual clients needs while creating a supportive and collaborative work environment for staff that focused on growth and education. The Behavior Place was also started to create a focus on serving military families and creating employment opportunities for military spouses similar to Laura. As a military family, James and Laura have been stationed in 7 duty stations in 12 years. During that time, Laura overcame many employment obstacles related to military moves that she hopes to make easier on other military spouses through education and employment. 

Our Team

James Mellon

Director of Operations

James joined The Behavior Place as the Director of Operations in November of 2017. He is presently on active duty status with the United Stated Navy as a Sonar Technician. He has proudly served in the Navy for the last 12 years earning multiple awards and achievements including Surface and Aviation Warfare Specialist. James has served on 4 ships and has been deployed 3 times during his career. He enjoys spending time with this family, hiking, and following the Carolina Panthers football team in his spare time. 

Ariella Buglione M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Director 

TBP Bothell

Ariella has been working with various disabilities from Prekindergarten to 18 years of age for 10 years. She first worked as a special education teacher for students out of district and then as a behavior analyst in an Autism program. She holds a Master's in Special education and a graduate level certificate in Applied behavior Analysis from Capella University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018.

Laura Trest M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Clinical Director

Laura has been working with children, adolescents, and teens diagnosed with various disabilities, since 2007 in the home, school, and community settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master's of Special Education, and a graduate level certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February of 2015. Her professional interests include Verbal Behavior, language acquisition, and social skills training. 

Kathryn Sweeney M.S., BCABA, LABA

Program Manager

TBP Spokane

Kathryn has worked with children and adolescents across multiple settings for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Her professional interests include self-advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and anxiety management for children and adolescents.

Cheyanne Flournoy RBT, CBT

Lead Behavior Technician

TBP Bothell

Cheyanne started working directly with children in 2017, though she has had a passion to work with children her entire life. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Public Health from Central Washington University, with plans of graduating in the spring of 2019. She first came to The Behavior Place in June 2017 and has since learned how to work with a variety of children, ranging in ages and diverse needs. Her main interests in the field of ABA include teaching social skills and self-management skills.

Rachel Shuman QASP-S

Program Manager

TBP Bothell

Rachel has been working with children in various capacities since she was a teen.  In 2013 she began volunteering with homeless children while simultaneously teaching preschool in Newton, Massachusetts.  During this time her interest in early intervention blossomed.  While teaching and volunteering, Rachel took a number of courses in psychology and utilized her new research skills to find ways to help her students with developmental disabilities learn.  This research sparked her interest in the field of ABA.  In 2016, Rachel moved to Washington and began working in the field of ABA.  She is currently in her second year of the UW ABA graduate program and always working on expanding her areas of competency.

Sarah Rose M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Supervisor

TBP Bothell/Kingsland (Telemed Spec.) 

Bio Coming Soon

Katie Raber

Behavior Technician

TBP Kingsland

Bio Coming Soon

Brandi Grimes B.A., RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

TBP Kingsland

Brandi grimes is married with three children and has known from a young age that she has wanted to work with children? As a spouse To an active-duty Naval sailor of 17 years and is a mother to a son with autism. She has seen the struggles that families and children are faced with. She first became interested in the field of psychology earning her Associates and childhood family services and has volunteered with children for many years, also working as a counselor for a Methodist boys group home. She especially became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis when her own son was diagnosed with autism. She saw the impact that ABA Services had in her own son's life, which inspired her to continue her education in ABA,  receiving her Bachelor's in applied behavior analysis in January 2020 from Purdue University. She is currently working towards her Masters in ABA from Purdue University and plans on acquiring her Masters degree in the near future. Her professional goals are working with clients and families toward positive results through specialized programs centering around the childs individual, developmental, and social needs. She is committed to working with families, teachers, specialist, and families to work towards goals for each individual. She is determined to balance a personable demeanor with critical attention to detail. She strives to continue to learn and build upon her skills with a sharp mind and a genuine interest in thoughts feelings and actions of others around her. Her goal is to establish and enhance socially important behaviors which could include academic, social, communication, and daily living skills.

Stacey Taylor MSC/MFCT, RBT, CBT

Registered Behavior Technician

TBP Bothell

Stacey is married, with four children and has worked with children most of her adult life in various fields; from childhood development centers, church bible studies and summer events, Military Welfare and Recreation programs,  and coaching sports. She studied at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Management (2005) and a Masters of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (2008). From there she has gathered experience in areas such as crisis intervention, individual and group therapy and as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist. Stacey also brings experience in education, remaining very active with a local homeschool community. She has facilitated classrooms, participates in band programs, and helps organize and plan student events. Her professional interests include social skills training, verbal behavior, and helping to improve family communication.

Madison Phelps BCAT

Behavior Technician

TBP Kitsap

Madison is a recent B.A. graduate from Willamette University with a double major of Sociology and Women's Gender Studies. She has worked with kids in various environments, and has found her passion in promoting positive change in children! For the past year, Madison had been working as a Behavior Specialist in the Portland area, and decided to continue this line of work when she moved back home to the North Kitsap area. Madison loves the energy and carefree attitude children have, and can't wait to continue her career in ABA with children on the Autism spectrum.

Kayla Choi

Behavior Technician

TBP Bothell

Kayla graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and minor in Education. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Kayla has worked directly with children her entire life, including working at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Megan Rowland, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

TBP Brunswick

My name is Megan Rowland. I am a Wife and Mother to two daughters. I have over 7 years of teaching experience working with Special Needs. I have DIR Floor-Time experience (Developmental Individual Difference/ relationship) as well. My teaching philosophy is based on respecting differences, tapping into talents and sharing my love for learning with children on the spectrum or with all disabilities. I believe in a consistent positive and respectful approach to making lasting meaningful behavior changes. I love working with a diverse group of children and I believe building rapport and having fun is crucial to the learning process.  Helping children reach their full potential is what I live for every day.

Molly Sweeney B.A., RBT, CBT

Behavior Technician

TBP Bothell

Molly is a recent graduate from Seattle University, where she earned her B.A. in Strategic Communications. She is currently taking Spanish classes to further her language skills. Molly has been around children and adolescents most of her life, in various settings. She has thoroughly enjoyed witnessing them grow and learn new things about themselves and their environment. She is eager and excited to continue her involvement in this field of work!

Brandi Clark B.S.

Lead Administrator

Brandi has been married for over 26 years and has two children. Her son is in the Air Force and is newly married. Her daughter recently graduated from high school. She has been working

with children for over 15 years in various settings including church, special education, and ABA. She graduated Cum Laude from College of Coastal Georgia in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She became certified as a Registered Behavior Technician in 2018 and earned her Qualified Autism Services Practitioner (QASP) certification later that year. She was an ABA therapist for a year before taking an administrative position, managing and updating data. She came on board with TBP in May 2020 as Lead Administrator at our Georgia location. Her role as an administrator is to ensure insurance compliance to maintain continuity in services for the client. She enjoys camping, fishing, spending time with her family, and relaxing with her beloved hound, Noah.

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